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Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics

by Jules Boykoff, with a Foreword by Dave Zirin - £11.99  Verso Books (2016)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781784780722 | ISBN 10: 1784780723

A timely, no-holds barred, critical political history of the modern Olympic Games.
 
The Olympics have a checkered, sometimes scandalous, political history. Jules Boykoff, a former US Olympic team member, takes readers from the event’s nineteenth-century origins, through the Games’ flirtation with Fascism, and into the contemporary era of corporate control.
 
Along the way he recounts vibrant alt-Olympic movements, such as the Workers’ Games and Women’s Games of the 1920s and 1930s as well as athlete-activists and political movements that stood up to challenge the Olympic machine.

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